New bin rounds save time and money 

Bin wagon

From Monday 21 September, households across Bolton will see a change to their bin day, as part of a push to save taxpayers’ money.

Bolton Council has redesigned the bin collection routes as part of a modernisation programme which aims to simplify the routes for residents, reduce the mileage travelled by waste collection staff and slash the authority’s fuel spend.

The council currently spends over £400,000 a year on fuel for waste collection vehicles and this route reorganisation will significantly cut this spend, as well as providing more recycling rounds.

Previously, waste collection staff travelled across the borough every day on over 190 collection routes, which have now been simplified into five zones. All collection crews will now be in one zone per day, collecting both waste and recycling.

This means that most residents will have the same collection day for waste and recycling collections, so only have to put their bins out once. Recycling will be collected every two weeks. It also means that council street cleaning crews will be able to clean the streets more efficiently, as bins will only be out for one day of the week in each zone.

The council is sending packs to every household throughout August and September including a letter telling them about their new bin day; a leaflet reminding them of the different types of bins and what can be put in them; and a calendar of their collection days throughout the year. Information is also being provided at town council meetings, area forums and in the One Stop Shop. Anyone who hasn’t received a pack or who wants to check their days can log onto the Bolton Council website using the link on the right hand side for more information.

Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer commented: “The modernisation of the bin rounds will save money, both by reducing fuel costs and increasing efficiencies, meaning that ultimately the Bolton taxpayers will be paying less for their waste collection. The efficiencies will also mean that we can increase the number of recycling rounds, as a direct result of public demand.

“We are urging everyone to familiarise themselves with their new bin day, read the letter and leaflets, use the calendar and go on our website for any further information. However, this is also a massive change for our staff, so please be patient with any delays while the crews learn their new rounds.”

The new bin routes are as follows:
Monday - Blackrod, Horwich (part) Westhoughton, Lostock (part), Over Hulton and Hulton
Tuesday - Horwich (part), Heaton, Johnson Fold, Smithills, Halliwell. Lostock (part)
Wednesday - Egerton, Bromley Cross, Harwood (part), Astley Bridge
Thursday - Breightmet, Harwood (part),  Darcy Lever, Tonge with the Haugh, Little Lever, Great Lever and Deane (part)
Friday - Farnworth, Kearsley,  Great Lever and Deane (part)

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